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Quick Hits: Things worth fighting for—a saint’s body, a woman’s honor

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 07, 2017

  • Have you been following the news of the contest between the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria over the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen? That dispute has delayed the cause for the late archbishop’s beatification, and many people find it appalling that Catholic prelates are fighting—as Archbishop Sheen himself might put it—“over my dead body.” But Elizabeth Anderson offers a different perspective for Catholic World Report. This is not an analysis of the legal and canonical arguments, but rather a reminder that reverence for the body of a reputed saint “reminds us of the Incarnational world in which we lie, and draws attention to deep elements of the Catholic faith.” Prescinding from the argument over whether New York or Peoria has the better claim, Anderson remarks that “squabbling over the body of a saint falls in the category of things at least worthy of fights, in which multiple opinions could be correct.”

  • There was a time, not so long ago, when it would have been taken for granted that an honest man would be ready to fight to defend the honor of the women he loved. Today the President of the United States is apparently unmoved—and in any case powerless to do anything about it—when nude photos of his wife are posted on popular internet sites. The objectification of women, in a porn-soaked culture, has had a devastating effect on the notions of both intimacy and honor. David Warren reminds us that a man can best appreciate the beauty of a woman when both her appearance and his thoughts are modest, and “the moment lust enters the configuration, that beauty is destroyed.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Mar. 13, 2017 11:41 PM ET USA

    Regarding Bishop Sheen, I disagree with Elizabeth Anderson. ...and of course you do, Brian. This is not worth fighting over. Is the truth of Bishop Sheen's spiritual condition worth the effort the confirmation will provide to assist all of us move closer to Christ? Apparently not, the attachments of this earth either in New York or Peoria or both remain more important. Perhaps if the fight was only about the cause for sainthood; but who gets the body...? Sorry, I just don't get it.